Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Getting to Know You: What Would You Do if You didn't Write?



I've mentioned before that writing is my outlet. It is what helps me to remain sane, even though I rarely get out and some days my kids are the only people I talk to. If I didn't write I would have to have another outlet.

Maybe I'd take up pottery. I've taken a few pottery classes, and even though I am incapable of making any piece taller that 5 inches, I like it. I believe in getting my hands dirty--it's therapeutic. I might also get more involved in vegetable gardening (sometimes I sound like an old woman even to myself!) We had a fun little vegetable garden this year, but I didn't spend enough time on it--writing was always higher priority (as my frostbitten melons and tomatoes can attest).

What would you do with your free time if you didn't write?

27 comments:

Heather Sunseri said...

I would read more if I didn't write. This is really going to sound lame, but I would clean my house better, get caught up on my family photo albums, cook more, etc. if I didn't write. During the times of the year that I write heavily, I let a lot of other things go that are adding up on this huge to-do list.

Susan R. Mills said...

I used to scrapbook. That was fun, and a great creative outlet. I would also, like Heather said, clean my house better. It suffers because of my writing. Oh well!

Abby said...

I'm so glad I'm not the only one neglecting my housework to write. :) I have a long list of things I used to do before I figured out writing is what I love the most. Scrapbooking, digital scrapbooking, drawing, painting, crocheting, sewing, interior decorating, cooking, selling Pampered Chef--is that enough? I have more. ;) Writing is so much cheaper.

Stephanie said...

LOL! I could have a two foot pile of dishes in my sink...but if my son goes in for his nap...you better believe those dishes sit there!!! That is MY time!! Sometimes the only time I get!! LOL!!

I walked away from a ten+ year career as a floral designer when I decided to give a writing career a chance. But in all reality, I was burnt out...I needed a change anyway.

Anissa said...

Like you, I feel like an old woman admiting this. I used to do cross stitch. Not a lot, but I've made a couple things for my mom. I also garden now, but if I didn't write, it would look a heck of a lot better. I'd read more too, which would mean the tower of books beside my bed would not be so precariously high. ;)

Kristi Faith said...

I would definitely read more! I don't read as much as I should as is. I also would do more scrapbooking...it is a lot of fun, just haven't had the time since my son was born, let alone the writing. :)

paulgreci said...

I've been writing full-time for two years now. If I wasn't writing full-time I'd probably teach again. I love working with kids. And if I wrote less I'd probably do more wilderness travel and more gardening. We have a huge vegetable garden and green house and I love working outside growing my own food.

Stephanie Thornton said...

I scrapbook and read for fun. If I didn't write I might do more with photography when I travel. I've got some fun shots, but it would be cool to have my own darkroom. And I love to paint too.

And I took pottery in high school. I wasn't very good at it, but I loved it!

Roni @ FictionGroupie said...

I love to cook, that's my other creative outlet. And if I'm not writing, I'm reading.

As for jobs, if I haven't managed to get paid for writing by the time my son goes to kindergarten, the I will teach.

Erica said...

Hmmm. I guess I would read more. Probably play more Guitar Hero (I know, I know.) I would do more puzzles.

It's funny. I haven't really thought of what I would do. I would probably go back to school, go for my masters or take classes or something. Good question. Had me thinking...

Thomas Taylor said...

I'm a sketchbook keeper, and I would be doing a lot more sketching if I wasn't staring at a flashing cursor, wondering what will happen next.

The sad thing is, I'd probably also start playing computer games. Then you would have to come to my house and shoot me.

Tabitha Bird said...

shot myself... okay sorry. that was bit dramatic :) If I didn't write I would... gosh, I really can't imagine. Some one once told me they'd weave baskets in a mental ward... can I use that answer? :))

Wendy @ All in a Day's Thought said...

Quilt, paint, scrapbook, read more, try my hand at mosaics, clean my house :D. I love the idea of always learning new things, so I'd be trying something new. Instead, I just do that w/ my writing.
~ Wendy

Marie Devers said...

If I wasn't writing and suddenly had all these hours to spend on something, I would make movies. I would write them, film them, and edit them on my computer. Then I'd post them on YouTube and bask in the public's praise. I have some great short film ideas, but only so many hours a day. Writing wins.

CKHB said...

Dance! I definitely get cranky if I don't dance on a semi-regular basis.

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

I'm with CKHB. I'd dance more. And read more too. Maybe the laundry would even get done.

Linda Kage said...

I would waste away into a little ball of nothing... just kidding. I'd probably read, watch movies, pick on my husband, spend time with the family.

Patti said...

I'd probably do everything better if I didn't write. Fix up my house would be number one priority.

Beth said...

Floral design. I used to do it with my mom before I had kids, and I LOVED IT. I'm not crafty in the least, but I can make a mean flower arrangement :)

Jody Hedlund said...

I would definitely read more!! Maybe I'd take up photography! I love taking pictures and drawing, but never fostered that. I'd love to take some classes and learn more about them! But alas, there are only so many hours in a day!

Anita Saxena said...

Read more. Ice Skate more. Maybe start taking a zumba class regularly.

Jennifer Shirk said...

I'd definitely read more. And I'd probably take one of those community college night time classes and learn a language or ballroom dancing, or take a photography class and maybe get myself a really nice camera. :)

melane said...

Reading more would become my top priority. I keep buying books, but I don't have the time to read like I should. I would also clean out our closets...I shudder to think what may be lurking in the back corners.

Marybeth Poppins said...

If I could I would sing....all day long!

staceyjwarner said...

mmmmmm, go crazy, i'm pretty sure...LOL!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

More arts--photography, painting, collage. And I would probably go back to genealogy, which I dabbled in years ago. There's something fascinating about exploring history through someone connected to you.

Corey Schwartz said...

Good question. The Artist's Way asks you to list 20 things you love to do and then go down the list and ask yourself, "When's the last time I did this?" After doing that exercise, I realized that I really miss signing. So, I guess I would take ASL classes.